He doesn’t think homosexuality is normal, and so the canary, down in the LibDem coal-mine, starts singing its querulous warning. It’s a canary he’s trying to strangle.
We open a ConservativeHome series, which will run each Monday during the election campaign, on the key contests in each region
The more likely Tory voters see headline figures like these, the less likely they are to turn out to vote.
These are the threats that keep Labour MPs up at night.
They could even tie with Labour. If they build in their 2015 success (and learn from their 2016 disappointment) more seats are definitely within reach.
His great achievement two years ago was to sever the head off the Liberal Democrat snake – and most of the body too. Now he must defang it again.
Any result which sees the election of more than 45 nationalists will raise some awkward questions for May as she forms her new government.
“This is the opportunity for the British people to have a decent, strong opposition – something that they currently do not have.”
Above all, don’t neglect the obvious. May is vulnerable to Tory revolts – as the NICs debacle proved. She wants a real working majority.
Plus: The coming local elections. My predictions – Liberal Democrats up, Conservatives up, UKIP down, Labour down – and maybe Corbyn out later this year.
Party members are united in their expectation that every Conservative MP must back the boundary reform proposals when they come to Parliament.
The halcyon days of Charles Kennedy’s leadership offer a clear temptation to revert to the party’s old opportunist ways. Will their new, more governmental habits stick?
If the Government thinks that we cannot have our Brexit cake and eat it, Ministers must be careful not to let expectations get out of hand.
Even if each of them who did anything at all did far less than paid up members, the sum of their individual efforts was at least as great and probably greater.
John Major secured more votes than any other Prime Minister in unpromising circumstances – but ‘stretching the elastic of democracy’ would cost the Party dearly.